The COVID-19 Pandemic has left a cruel effect among all the sectors of the world. The educational sector is on top got affected a lot. The basic learning scenario has changed devastatingly in these consecutive years.
This drastic change has created a vast learning gap among the students. Educational Institutes either schools, colleges, or universities are providing education via online/ digital mode.
This offered hindrance in grasping the abilities of students. The academicians have to emphasize need-based remedies to address the learning gap created due to the pandemic crisis.
Drawbacks of online learning
It has been multiple and half years for the reason that educational organizations have adopted the brand new teaching-learning methodology.
According to the survey findings, school college students imagine they’ve faced 40-60% of learning loss due to Covid. The survey additionally indicates it could take three years to bridge the gap.
India is a developing country and faces digital limitations. Continuous online education has led to a great loss among students.
Students especially residing in rural areas often face network problems. Also, some students belong to economically backward societies who can’t afford devices like smartphones and tablets.
Also due to the excessive screen time students have reportedly faced eyesight issues. The students have adapted to the solo environment and have started lacking socializing skills. The communication gap among teens has decreased to a large extent.
Pandit Ravishankar Shukla, vice-chancellor at University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh says that “With the fear of an impending third wave of Covid-19 looming large, academic institutions should think of student-centric feasible ideas that can be implemented to address the learning gap,”
T Yadagiri Rao, chairperson, Board of Studies, Department of Public Administration & HRM, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Telangana says that it is a greater challenge for rural students and first-generation learners.
For instance, around 70-80% of students at his university are from the rural belt. Government should strengthen digital infrastructure to help students from such poor backgrounds.
Harish K Thakur, chairperson at the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Himachal Pradesh University says, “Despite regular online classes, lack of communication, liaison, and interest have been among major challenges for digital learning. Students, residing in remote areas are forced to miss their classes due to lack of internet connectivity,”
So, students can be divided into smaller groups and call on the campus weekly or biweekly. Hybrid classes can be tested if they could work.
Locality students can be called for the offline classes while for the students residing in further locations, online classes can be continued as they are going on.
It is a need of the hours to emphasize newly build strategies for students. India is a country of youth, they must be trained properly and in right ways so is to achieve higher progress in future.